Author Visits


Want to have Lisa McMann visit your library or school, or speak at your conference? She is available for audiences of all ages, grades 3 and up. For info on rates and presentations, or to book Lisa for a virtual visit to your school or conference, please email Lisa’s assistant for rates and info.

**note – Lisa is not booking in-person visits at this time**

Lisa gives a dynamic and inspiring PowerPoint presentation based on the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds and Unwanteds Quests series. In it, she includes writing tips and side stories about what it’s like to be an author. She discusses how she got the idea for the Unwanteds series and how writers come up with ideas for stories, as well as how her kids were involved in creating this series from the time they were 12 and 9. Additionally, Lisa shows art related to the series, which goes along with the theme of creativity in the books. Her presentation is geared for students in grades 3-8, but high schoolers and adults will find it interesting too. She loves taking questions at the end about writing or her personal life (or anything, really). The presentation is generally about 40 minutes plus 10-15 minutes for questions.

Lisa McMann is the author of more than two dozen bestselling and award-winning books for children and young adults, including The Unwanteds series which has sold more than a million copies in North America. Her whole family works in the creative arts industry—husband Matt is a musician and writer, son Kilian is a professional artist (you’ll see some of his early work in the presentation), and her daughter is actor Kennedy McMann, who plays Nancy Drew on the CW hit series by the same name. Lisa and Matt live in Sacramento, California.

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2020 - 2021
Lisa is booking Zoom visits for your school, library, classroom, book club, or home! Click on the VISITS tab for details.
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"Lisa McMann is simply delightful!! She visited our school virtually and the kids loved her! Even though school was already out and we were well into summer vacation, we had no problem drawing a very large crowd of students, parents, and teachers. Lisa was so engaging, speaking at exactly to the right level for our kids (mostly middle schoolers), sharing stories about her writing process, and even including images of her son's artwork. That was especially interesting to the budding artists in the crowd. Her Q&A was fun and informative, answering many numerous questions across a range of subjects. Again, her insights and tips on how to write, or rather how she writes, were very valuable to our young authors. I can't wait to have Lisa back to our school, hopefully in person next time."
Matt Ball, Director of Libraries, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

"I have had Lisa McMann visit my school three times. Lisa is a skilled presenter. She easily holds the attention of students and engages with them in such a meaningful way. Her presentations have allowed my students to understand her writing process and gives them the encouragement they need to keep developing their own creative writing skills. I highly recommend a visit from Lisa to any school or library looking for an author who will not only share their passion for writing but will also ignite a love for reading in children.”
Mary Jo Staal, Elementary Librarian, Hudsonville Christian School, Hudsonville, Michigan

"Lisa McMann is a dynamic, well-spoken, and creative presenter. Her school visits are always engaging. She is able to relate to the students and talk about things that are relevant to them. She does a wonderful job of explaining how and why she started the 'Unwanteds' series. I love that she projects a slideshow to go with her presentation; it keeps the kids interested and gives them a visual of what she is talking about. At one point in her presentation she showed a video clip of her book series and it is really motivating to the kids to see. She leaves time to answer questions at the end and the kids love that. Her school visits are always exciting and fun. Any school would be lucky to have Mrs. McMann visit. She is positive, funny, and kind. I have seen many authors present, but she is by far the best.”
Dr. Jeanne Boiarsky, 4th Grade Teacher, Las Sendas Elementary School, Mesa, Arizona

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For educator guides to the Unwanteds books, as well as fun activities, games, and videos, visit